1) Be Less Stressed. Accomplish this by using the crock pot once a week, simplifying my schedule, be mindful of time drains (like facebook and blogger), and knowing my limits: In other words, "Just Say No".
2) Race 100 Miles in 2009, and complete my first marathon. I will accomplish this by running 3 days a week, 4 days on the weeks I do not workout at another source and staying true to a training plan. This is not like a diet, you can't cheat. I put this one in here as a free-be. I figure, I deserve one goal that is easy to reach. When exactly did I start to think that racing 100 miles and completing a marathon is an easy goal?
3) Complete 3 classes toward my degree, whether I want to or not.
4) Eat Vegetarian Once a Week. Last year we went vegetarian one dinner a week. Now, I'm ready to go Veg for a whole day at a time. I don't think I can force this on the rest of the family.
5) Stop having so much fun. No really. I spend so much time planning fun activities for our weekends, that about half the time I am not having fun when we're out supposedly having fun. I'm really going to limit the children to one activity a "season", & we're really going to kick the habit of making so many plans on the weekends that we can't do anything w/o stressing. No, that doesn't mean no more bowling, movie nights, ice skating, etc. It just means, limiting these things to 1 event/weekend. Hopefully this will make our quality family time together more special. I'll let you know how it works out.
6) And this is one I just came up with... run alone once a week. No stroller, no company, nothing. Why? Because I need the time to think... and when I am running I can actually think about things that don't require notes. I can't do homework, surf the web, check my crackbook page, balance the checkbook, etc while I'm running. I can let my mind wander though, and that's what I need to do. My most biggest "epiphanies" have come on long runs though, more than 6 miles, so I'll have to see if it works on short runs too.
7) Make the budget and stick to it. Last year's budget was definitely made. I know because I made it... but beyond the first month when we figured out it wasn't as accurate as we'd hoped, I never went back and revamped. We had no allowances or limits for nearly 6 months. It's stupid. No, we're not worse off than last year, but damn it, we're not where we SHOULD be and that sucks. So, this year I'm trying a few things I've learned in the past 6 months, only all at once, to see if they work. IF they work, I should have about $2400 in savings over that time. And if that's the case, I'll be sure to write up my new plan into a book and sell it. Or, more likely, I'll post it for free on this blog.